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This is the date when New Year’s resolutions crumble and burn

The Active Times logo The Active Times 1/11/2019 Holly Van Hare
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As the new year approached, you probably brainstormed what resolutions would make your year ahead even better than the last. Maybe you resolved to get in shape or to read a certain number of books each month. So long as the resolution is realistic, making resolutions has been proven an effective way to accomplish your goals! It’s just not that effective. And unfortunately, most resolutions fail, as they're most often ditched after only a couple of weeks.

Statistic Brain collected data that showed that just two weeks into January, 31.6 percent of people have abandoned their goals. Strava, a social network for athletes, conducted research that suggested the same — resolutions often don’t last more than two weeks. The data pointed to the second Friday of January — today!— as the date when many people start to falter, calling it “Quitters' Day,” according to The Independent.

So today's the day to beat. But don’t let that high failure rate deter you! New Year’s resolutions are often ditched, but that doesn’t mean that setting one was (or is, if you want to get a late start!) a bad idea.

According to a study from 2002, after six months, 46 percent of resolutioners still felt successful in pursuing their goals, whereas just 6 percent of non-resolutioners felt successful in pursuing theirs. The concept of a resolution is solid — it keeps you on track, you have your goals in mind, and it forces you to make a game plan and act. However, that statistic also means that 54 percent of resolutioners felt they’d failed.

What can you do to be part of the minority that succeed? Avoid the common mistakes — these 15 reasons could be why your resolutions always fail.

RELATED VIDEO: The History of New Year's Resolutions [Provided by The New Yorker]

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